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Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time! Readers are left to reach their own conclusions.

Women Outside the Walls, a Novel

The Yellow Wallpaper illuminates the challenges of being a woman of ambition in the late 19th century. While all women were seen vulnerable, those who expressed political ambition suffrage reformers , or who took on male roles and challenged female dress codes New Women , or who sought higher education or creative lives — or even read too much fiction — could be accused of flouting female conventions and placing themselves at risk of mental illness. Mitchell, largely through his treatment of Gilman and her later description of this, gained a notorious reputation, and he may well have misdiagnosed her or believed that her intellectual pursuits were too introspective.

Yet historical scholarship has also suggested that some well-to-do and educated women might also have helped shape their own diagnoses or used their illness to avoid domestic duties that they found unpleasant or taxing.

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Not all doctors condemned women for their ambition — many advocated more rounded lives embracing intellectual and physical pursuits alongside domestic roles. Other patients treated by Mitchell, including the critic and historian Amelia Gere Mason and writer Sarah Butler Wister, tailored their treatments to suit their lifestyles, with Mitchell encouraging their intellectual and creative pursuits. Writing years later about the short story, Gilman described how it was written to celebrate her narrow escape from utter mental ruin. A copy was sent to Mitchell but did not receive a response.

Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Hilary Marland , University of Warwick. Rest, take tonics, air and exercise. Nervous exhaustion The story highlights the plight of many women during the 19th century.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Silas Weir Mitchell.

I had the opportunity to read the play by the same name so I was delighted to meet these characters again and really get to know more about them and their lives before their men went to prison. The felon's family is as innocent as the victim's family but I had rarely given them any thought until I read this wonderful gripping story. One person found this helpful. I didn't know about Trish's history as a playwright or that this book is available as a Stage Play.

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I kept imagining the stage play while I was reading it because it moves along so dramatically. The characters, from a painfully neglected but important population, are well drawn yet full of surprises so the threat of cliche is constantly thwarted. The mark of great work for me is if it makes me look at life in a very new way. This book definitely does that.

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I highly recommend it! Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Characters were well developed. The book keeps your interest and makes you want to continue reading. It was a good break from the classics and biographies that I had been reading. The women in the book take you into their lives and let you experience the drama as it unfolds.

I really enjoyed the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was engrossing to say the least. I loved the characters.

They were fully built. The writer didn't bore you with too much information, but kept you reading on I completely recommend this book. This book really tells it how it is when the men are in prison and the woman are struggling on the outside. I got this book free with a promotion It is so poorly written that I couldn't read it. The poor dialogue and grammatical errors were too distracting for me.

I was looking forward to reading it, but ended up deleting it from my kindle. It would be a good lesson for English students on the power of proofreading! Format: Kindle Edition. You can't judge a book by it's cover. I found this book by searching for African American fiction. It wasn't until the author described the characters as having blue eyes, and another as having blonde hair did I discover that this book was different in a good way. I was amazed by each of the women in this story. Kitty said it best when she told Hattie "we have so much in common".

Prison grounds definitely leveled the playing field. At first I liked Alma and Charlie, and then I began to dislike them when t hey started making stupid decisions. I don't want to give the story away. Read it for yourself, you will get a pleasant surprise! See all 15 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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